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Australian A-League player now holds honor of worst miss in soccer history

It’s official. We’ve seen one of the worst open goal misses in the history of professional soccer. The A-League miss heard round the world.

On Saturday Sydney FC’s Patrick Wood inexplicably wasted a golden opportunity in the 29th minute.

Wood robbed the opposing goalkeeper of possession and was only two yards away from a wide-open goal. He managed to fire his shot wide to the relief of the goalkeeper.

Shocking A-League miss

Greece to allow fans in stadiums again for first time since police officer death in December

ATHENS — Greece will allow its top league soccer matches to be played with fans from Feb. 13, two months after top clubs were ordered to play behind closed doors following the severe injuring and death of a police officer in violence during a volleyball match.

In Greece, fights between football fans and clubs are frequent on and off the pitch before or after a game and the government has been trying for years to reform soccer plagued by criminal gangs and a minority of violent fans.

44-year-old manager registers as player to avoid five-match ban

Retired France defender Pascal Chimbonda has registered as a player for Skelmersdale United, the struggling ninth-tier English side the 44-year-old now manages, after collecting a touchline ban.

Chimbonda, who made one appearance for France in 2006 and played in the Premier League with Wigan Athletic, Tottenham Hotspur, Sunderland and Blackburn Rovers, retired in 2019.

He took over as manager of Skelmersdale last October, with the club now bottom of the North West Counties Football League Premier Division.

Watch: Petty Peruvian club shuts stadium lights off after rivals win the league title

Peruvian club Universitario celebrated their Liga 1 title in the dark on Wednesday after their opponents Alianza Lima shut the stadium lights off at the full-time whistle. The Peru club turns off lights and called it a season.

Peru club turns off lights

Neymar undergoes successful knee surgery and now begins long recovery process

When will Neymar be back?

Brazil forward Neymar underwent surgery on Thursday after suffering a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and meniscus in his left knee on international duty.

The 31-year-old was forced off during Brazil's World Cup qualifier against Uruguay two weeks ago before an MRI scan confirmed the extent of his injuries.

Highlights of Ireland women’s national team’s 1-0 win on flooded field are crazy

Ireland secured promotion to League A of the Women's Nations League with a 1-0 win away to Albania on Tuesday, but had to come through torrential rain, thunderstorms and a pitch which resembled a lake.

"Wettest game in history but job done and top of the group with the girlsss," Ireland captain Katie McCabe posted on Instagram after the match in Shkoder.

"Ballon Pour," Ireland teammate Louise Quinn commented under the post, a reference to McCabe, like many others, missing the Ballon d'Or ceremony on Monday despite her nomination.

Wrexham rivals Notts County release statement denying rumor Taylor Swift is buying the club

The owners of Notts County played down a report that they could sell the English League Two soccer club to American pop star Taylor Swift, saying in a playful social media post on Friday that they would "Shake this story off".

Notts County Taylor Swift ownership rumor

Neymar says his latest major injury is the worst moment of his life

Neymar will undergo surgery after rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus in his left knee during a World Cup qualifier against Uruguay, Brazil's FA said, an injury that is expected to sideline the forward for several months.

The 31-year-old went down after tussling for the ball with Uruguay's Nicolas de la Cruz in the 44th minute of Brazil's 2-0 defeat on Tuesday, holding his left leg in pain and calling for medical attention as his teammates looked on anxiously.

Watch: Player in Portuguese lower tier receives the super rare white card

A player in Portugal’s fifth tier can make a claim that almost no other player in the world can. He received a white card from the referee.

During a game between União Montemor and Alcaçovense it looked as if the forward was destined to score a goal.

A long ball from the União Montemor goalkeeper was headed toward goal, however it was easily intercepted by an Alcaçovense defender.

Disaster struck when the defender on the ball went down with an injury meaning the União Montemor forward had a free look at goal.

Watch: North Texas goalkeeper stuns everyone with free kick goal from near midfield

University of North Texas goalkeeper Maddie Ogden scored an unforgettable first career goal on Thursday with a free kick from near midfield.

As the final seconds of the first half ticked away between UNT and UTSA, Ogden launched a ball into the box that got past everyone including the opposing goalkeeper.

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